Kalamazoo schools blame county road conditions for closure

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Many Kalamazoo-area schools closed Tuesday for the second day in a row as plows struggled to clear roads from Sunday’s major snow storm.

Kalamazoo Public Schools officials said their decision to close schools came even as city roads were largely clear. School administrators say it was county roads that they feared would cause trouble for busses leaving children exposed to frigid cold temperatures for too long.

For KPS officials, Tuesday’s closings means they’ve exceeded the number of days allotted as “snow days” by one meaning they’ll have to make up the time before students can be released for the summer.

Kalamazoo County’s road commission director told 24 Hour News 8 that crews have been working on clearing roads since the weekend but asked for patience emphasizing the fact that plow drivers for the county are responsible for more than 1200 miles of road surface.

Kalamazoo Public Schools administrators say they expect students will return to class tomorrow though Storm Team 8 predicts the area could see between two and four more inches of new snow by Wednesday.

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